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Alliance Boots gets awarded for supply chain, logistics processes

BY Allison Cerra

LONDON Great Britain’s health and beauty retailer Alliance Boots recently was recognized for its supply chain and logistics processes.

Alliance Boots received the European Supply Chain Distinction award for operational excellence provided by the European Supply Chain Council and the Supply Chain Excellence award presented by the British magazine Retail Week Technology. Additionally, the retailer was recognized by U.K. magazine The Grocer, being awarded the Grocer Gold award in the Business Initiative of the Year category. 

Alliance Boots re-organized its entire supply chain network by combining a total of four national distribution centers and 17 regional warehouses into one central distribution center in Nottingham, England, the company said. The overhaul was made possible by integrated logistics company Witron.

“In 2006, we began to optimize our entire supply chain and logistics processes. Our goal was to offer the best supply chain in pharmacy retail, as well as in the health and cosmetics section. The corporate design and the organization of the stores were to exceed all Boots customers’ expectations,” said Craig Farina, director of logistics at Alliance Boots. “It is a great honor to receive all these awards as tribute to our efforts.”

“The logistics concept designed by Witron is an optimal fit for our business,” Farina said. “Together with Witron, we have managed the realization of a successful key project that helps us generate sustainable competitive advantages.”

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Weis Markets to host lifestyle expos for seniors

BY Michael Johnsen

SUNBURY, Pa. Weis Markets on Tuesday announced it will host two senior health and lifestyle expos — the first in Williamsport, Pa., on Oct. 19, and the second in Bloomsburg, Pa., on April 19, 2011. The expos will feature exhibits from dozens of local and regional companies that provide products and services for adults ages 50 years and older.

“The information offered at the expo will be of special interest to folks 50-plus that have different needs as they age,” stated Deborah Verderame, show coordinator. “The exhibitor mix is excellent,” she said. The mix will include representatives from healthcare organizations, hospitals, insurance companies, home care suppliers and mobility product companies, among others.

Aspecial feature of the expos will be a free “Early Bird Breakfast” prepared by Weis Markets and served 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.

Courtney Thomas, Miss Pennsylvania 2010, will serve as the official expo hostess. Thomas will visit the booths of the expo sponsors for photo opportunites with guests and exhibit staff. Exhibitors also will provide door prizes and have prize drawings that visitors may enter at each booth.

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Luvs gets a new look

BY Allison Cerra

CINCINNATI Baby diapers brand Luvs unveiled its new look, which is slated to make its retail debut this fall.

Luvs diapers now will tote new packaging and a Heavy Dooty Protection diaper design.

 

"Here at Luvs, we understand that even when using a great, reliable product, diaper duty isn’t always the most pleasant task to undertake. So we’re always searching for ways to make the diaper-changing experience more enjoyable for parents and their kids," said Dominic Iacono, brand manager for Luvs baby diapers. "We’ve listened closely to consumer insights and we’re thrilled to offer parents a new look with Ultra Leakguards and the Heavy Dooty Protection design — all the while knowing that these new changes will not compromise the great quality synonymous with the Luvs brand and the trust that parents have placed in our products."

 

 

Luvs Ultra Leakguards baby diapers deliver premium leakage protection that locks away wetness from baby’s skin, as well as a money-back guarantee. Luvs baby diapers are available in sizes newborn to 6 at mass, discount and grocery stores where baby care products are sold.

 

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